March 6, 2014
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina University men’s basketball team will make its 2014 VisitMyrtleBeach,com Big South Championships debut Friday night as the Chanticleers take on Charleston Southern University at 6 pm inside The HTC Center. Coastal is coming off a 63-61 victory over the Buccaneers in the Chants’ regular season finale. The Buccaneers defeated Campbell University 81-71 in the First Round of the VisitMyrtleBeach,com Big South Championships Wednesday night to earn the rematch with Coastal. The Chants enter the tournament as the number one seed out of the south while the Bucs are the number 5 seed out of the south.
Coastal Carolina (18-12, 11-5 Big South) vs. Charleston Southern (13-17, 6-10 Big South)
Friday, March 7 | 6:00 p.m. | Conway, S.C. | The HTC Center (3,212)
Coastal Carolina Versus Charleston Southern
• Coastal Carolina and Charleston Southern have met 65 times on the basketball court.
• Coastal holds the series lead 34-31 and has won eight of the last 10 meetings.
• The Chants are 16-13 when playing at home against CSU and have won the last five meetings in Conway.
• CCU won the most recent meeting on March 1, 63-61.
CCU in the Big South Championships
• Coastal holds a 15-23 all-time record in the Big South Tournament dating back to the 1985-86 season.
• The Chanticleers have won the tournament three times but CCU was forced to vacate the 1993 championship due to NCAA violations.
• Coastal also won the tournament in 1990 and 1991.
• Last season the fourth-seeded Chanticleers lost to the No. 5 seed out of the North Liberty 78-61 in the first round.
Second Time Not the Charm
• Coastal has opened the Big South Tournament against its final regular season opponent six times.
• CCU is 2-4 in those contests and 2-3 after winning the regular season finale.
• The most recent occurrence was when Coastal defeated VMI 81-64 on the road to close out the 2011-12 season and fell to the Keydets in the Big South Tournament 85-68 just four days later.
• Coastal is 0-3 when facing Charleston Southern in the first game of the tournament after closing out the regular season with Bucs.
Climbing the Coaching Ranks
• Head coach Cliff Ellis passed legendary head coach John Wooden for career wins with CCU’s 63-61 victory over Charleston Southern.
• Wooden won 664 games over 29 seasons, 27 of which were at UCLA where he won 10 NCAA Championships.
• Ellis is now 28th all-time in career victories.
• Ellis needs three more wins to tie former Maryland head coach Gary Williams for 27th overall.
• Coastal currently leads the Big South in field goal percentage defense (40.7).
• CCU has held opponents at or below 40.0 percent shooting 14 times this season and is 13-1 in those contests.
One of the Best
• Freshman Elijah Wilson broke the CCU freshman scoring record and the freshman field goals made mark.
• Wilson has scored 492 points this season which breaks the record held by CCU Hall of Fame member Jack Leasure who scored 420 points during the 2004-05 season.
• Wilson’s 185 made field goals breaks the previous mark of 156 set by William Calvin during the 1984-85 season.
• Junior Warren Gillis is climbing in the Coastal Carolina record book for free throws made in a season.
• Gillis has currently knocked down 123 free throws this season which ranks him fifth on the single season charts.
• He needs just two more to tie Robert Dowdell for fourth all-time. Dowdell hit 125 free throws during the 1990-91 season.
• If Gillis hits 48 more free throws this season he will tie Dowdell for most all-time. Dowdell hit 171 from the charity stripe during the 1989-90 season.
Enanga Works Hard in the Classroom
• Sophomore forward Michel Enanga was named to the Capital One Academic All-District 4 Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
• Enanga carries a 3.57 GPA in computer science.
• Enanga is just the fourth student-athlete and sixth selection in Coastal Carolina men’s basketball program history following in the footsteps of Jack Leasure (2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08), Logan Johnson (2009-10) and Sam McLaurin (2011-12).